In this lecture, part of the Theorizing the Present series, Prof. Masco (Anthropology) will be examining the Edward Snowden revelations as well as working through some ethnographic materials he has collected at the National Security Agency. The conceptual project is to consider how the democratic state form can coexist with a total surveillance project, as well as document the revolutionary impact of the War on Terror on the security state apparatus after 2001.
(PhD, UC San Diego 1999) Professor of Anthropology and of the Social Sciences in the College writes and teaches courses on science and technology, U.S. national security culture, political ecology, mass media, and critical theory. He is the author of The Nuclear Borderlands: The Manhattan Project in Post-Cold War New Mexico (Princeton University Press, 2006), which won the 2008 Rachel Carson Prize from the Society for the Social Studies of Science and the 2006 Robert K. Merton Prize from the Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology of the American Sociology Association. His work as been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Wenner-Gren Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His current work examines the evolution of the national security state in the United States, with a particular focus on the interplay between affect, technology, and threat perception within a national public sphere.